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Gluu and Shibboleth Consortium finalize partnership; offer Universities an easy way to contribute back to open source Shibboleth project

Michael Schwartz October 12, 2012

Gluu and the Shibboleth Foundation finalize a partnership to help increase funding for development and marketing of the open source Shibboleth project.

Austin, TX October 11, 2012 — Gluu Inc., a leader in open source cloud identity, today announced a strategic partnership with the Shibboleth Consortium to help fund continuing development and marketing of Shibboleth open source software. The partnership agreement will add a suggested donation of $1,200 to the sale of all Gluu EDU Servers.

“Shibboleth provides one of the most advanced SAML platforms on the market, and it’s in production at thousands of universities and public institutions. When we heard the consortium needed additional funding to continue development, we wanted to help,” said Gluu CEO, Michael Schwartz. “No other SAML platform supports the multi-party federation or granular attribute release policies that Gluu’s customers expect. Many existing business relationships have been implemented using SAML. Despite newer standards, SAML will be with us for a long time, and its important that we help fund one of the most important global open source SAML projects.”

This funding will help ensure that the Shibboleth development team is engaged to address any identified security vulnerabilities. Another effort is to support adoption of the technology by offering services that help organizations test their SAML service. The Shibboleth Foundation hosts a reliable web service to enable institutions and websites to test SAML entities before deploying in a production environment. 5,800 organizations have registered to use this service since 2006.

“In order to continue our important work, we needed to increase the number of funded developer hours for the project,” said Nicole Harris, Shibboleth Consortium Manager. “We appreciate Gluu answering the call for assistance. We are encouraged that new open source business models are emerging to help align the Foundation’s funding of Shibboleth in the identity software market. We are also excited to spread the word about platforms like Gluu which use Shibboleth to provide more options to organizations that want to launch a SAML identity federation service to manage trust with their partners.”

The Gluu EDU cloud Identity platform is currently used by 10 US universities. Visit Gluu EDU for more information on pricing and features,

About Gluu:
Gluu is an Austin, TX startup that provides open source and on demand cloud identity and trust management. Gluu leverages standards such as OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0, and SCIM to make achieving single sign-on (SSO) secure and easy. Deployed quickly on public and private cloud servers, Gluu’s On Demand cloud identity platform addresses the installation and operational issues of an organizational identity provider at one predictably low annual cost.

About the Shibboleth Consortium:
The Shibboleth Consortium has been established to provide a mechanism for deployers of Shibboleth worldwide to make financial contributions to the Shibboleth project. The Consortium is intended to be a lightweight support function for the Shibboleth project, providing financial, administrative and governance support.

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Mike Schwartz

Mike has been an entrepreneur and identity specialist for more than two decades. He is the technical and business visionary behind Gluu. Mike is an application security expert and has been a featured speaker at RSA Conference, Gartner Catalyst, Cloud Identity Summity (now "Identiverse") and many other security conferences around the world.

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